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Premium Gem Proof 1852 Dime
1852 10C PR66 PCGS. CAC. Walter Breen has estimated that
about eight pieces were struck of the 1852 dime. When we offered
the Phil Kaufman Collection coin, PR67 Cameo NGC, in our ANA
Platinum Night (Heritage, 7/2008), lot 1822, we published a census
that enumerated only six different examples that we could trace
today. The Kaufman Collection coin realized $32,200.
The Sole Finest at PCGS
The 1989 Breen Proof Encyclopedia lists the diagnostics of the single proof die known, diagnostics visible on both the Kaufman piece and the present coin:
"Shield point over left tip of serif of 1, skirt pendant well to r. of center of top of 5, left base of 1 over left edge of dentil, rev. marked striae pointing southeast."
Although Breen does not note it, we mention that the AM in AMERICA are practically joined by a thin canal of metal, while there is broad separation between the M and E. This Premium Gem proof exhibits deeply mirrored fields with intense rose centers and cobalt-blue margins on both sides. There are no obvious marks, and both the CAC endorsement and our impression confirm that this is a piece of superior quality, certainly among the finest known or perhaps the single finest known.
The PCGS Population Report lists five pieces ranging from PR62 to a single PR66 -- the present coin, which is clearly the finest at that service. NGC shows eight pieces in its Census Report, including one Cameo example. Both of those reports, however, are rife with duplications (11/11).
Ex: Likely the Turtle Rock Collection specimen certified PR66 PCGS (Superior, 2/2008), lot 504, which realized $44,850. We lack access to that catalog so the likelihood is based solely on the identical grade, without plate-matching. (NGC ID# 23C8, PCGS# 4739)
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